Committee finds rural communities being failed by government

The Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities has urged for a radical change in how the countryside is looked after.

World’s first hydrogen road sweeper in Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council has taken delivery of the world’s first hydrogen road sweeper to join one of the largest hydrogen fleets in Europe.

Care leaver initiative only funding one in five

The LGA has expressed concern over an initiative for children leaving care only having enough funding to support one in five young people.

£215 million for council homelessness services

Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler has announced that councils are set to receive a share of £215 million to prevent homelessness.

Safety Greater Manchester plans published

Greater Manchester has set out their priorities for building community safety across Greater Manchester.

Debate encouraged on flood risk communities

Sir James Bevan has opened debate on whether communities at the highest risk of flooding should be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated.

£300 million investment in new homes

Sajid Javid has announced that Greater Manchester, the West of England and Oxfordshire will receive shares of nearly £300 million for new homes.

Two Somerset councils merger approved

A planned merger between Somerset’s West Somerset and Taunton Deane Borough councils has been approved despite growing criticism.

Hospital admissions for terminally ill costing NHS £2.5 billion

Marie Curie has reported that the NHS is struggling to cope with A&E admissions of people who are in the last year of their lives.

New plans set out to strengthen local government in Wales

Alun Davies has published plans that could see Wales' 22 councils merged to as few as ten, as part of local government reform proposals.

'Barn conversions’ heap more pressure on rural areas

Rural areas could lose out on investment for affordable homes as a result of planning changes allowing more new homes to avoid local approval.

Individual costs for social care to be capped

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that any new system of funding social care will be capped and pledged further support for struggling councils.

Nottingham scheme to reduce the energy demand in buildings

Nottingham City Council is taking part in a new project looking at how people and technology can work better together to reduce energy demand within buildings.

Local government post Brexit right agreed

A process will be established to consult local government on matters previously consulted on through the EU Committee of the Regions.

nextbike chosen to run West Midlands bike-share

Transport for West Midlands, part of the WMCA, has chosen nextbike to run the UK’s largest docked bike-share scheme outside London.

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